Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do the Native Americans want to hold a trial for the chief's nephew in the white man's court?

2. Where are the Indians searching for the slave?

3. According to Indian tradition, what must the chief's slave do after the chief dies?

4. Which of the following relatives does Elly live with in the story "Elly"?

5. What animal does Doom kill using a salt he has brought back from the white man's land?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Res Grier offer a hound dog to two of his co-workers?

2. What competition do Ikkemotubbe and David Hogganbeck find themselves in in the story "A Courtship"?

3. How does Sam Fathers earn his birth name?

4. What series of events takes place when Minnie realizes that there are mules in her yard in the story of the same name?

5. How does the father in "The Tall Men" cope with the surgery he must undergo before his sons are taken away from him?

6. What do the townsfolk find behind the locked door in Emily Grierson's home after she dies?

7. What request does Pappy make of Doom when he returns to the tribe, and what is Doom's response?

8. How does McLendon treat women in the story "Dry September"?

9. Why is Res Grier accused of arson?

10. Whom does the desirable woman in "A Courtship" decide to marry, and how does she make her decision?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did Mannie's husband's death in the story "Mule in the Yard" incite a sequence of tragic events? What message is Faulkner sending the reader about revenge through this cautionary tale? Finally, what were the effects of revenge in the lives of both Mannie and Snopes?

Essay Topic 2

"A Courtship" tells the tale of two men who are fighting over the hand of the same woman. First, describe each of the woman's suitors. Then explain how the suitors competed with each other and the lesson they learned in the end. Finally, describe how the Indian woman in this story took matters into her own hands, and the effects of her decision.

Essay Topic 3

"Wash" is a story about race relations on slave plantations. First, compare/contrast the way white slaves and black slaves are treated on the plantation. How does this unbalanced treatment affect Wash's life? Then compare/contrast the way Wash hoped his master would treat his granddaughter with the way he actually treated her. How did this unexpected treatment lead Wash to commit double murder?

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